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Best Compassion Books Worth Your Attention

Our list of some of the best Compassion books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life (2006)

 Best Compassion Books Worth Your AttentionIn this provocative essay on that least understood virtue, compassion, the authors challenge themselves and us with these questions: Where do we place compassion in our lives? Is it enough to live a life in which we hurt one another as little as possible? Is our guiding ideal a life of maximum pleasure and minimum pain? Compassion answers no.After years of study and discussion among themselves, with other religious, and with men and women at the very center of national politics, the authors look at compassion with a vigorous new perspective. They place compassion at the heart of a Christian life in a world governed far too long by…
Author(s): Henri J. M. Nouwen, Donald P. Mcneill, et al.

2. Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself (2015)

 Best Compassion Books Worth Your AttentionSelf-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind offers expert advice on how to limit self-criticism and offset its negative effects, enabling you to achieve your highest potential and a more contented, fulfilled life.More and more, psychologists are turning away from an emphasis on self-esteem and moving toward self-compassion in the treatment of their patients—and Dr. Neff’s extraordinary book offers exercises and action plans for dealing with every emotionally debilitating struggle, be it parenting, weight loss, or any of the numerous trials of everyday living.   #2,281 in…
Author(s): Dr. Kristin Neff

3. Boundless Compassion: Creating a Way of Life (2018)

 Best Compassion Books Worth Your Attention"Living compassionately is rarely convenient and often downright challenging," writes Joyce Rupp, bestselling and award-winning author and retreat leader. The definitive Christian guide to compassion, Boundless Compassion is the culmination of Rupp's research and work as codirector of the Servite Center of Compassionate Presence. Through this six-week personal transformation process for developing and deepening compassion, Rupp nudges, encourages, and inspires you to grow in the kind of love that motivated Jesus’ life and mission for his disciples. With…
Author(s): Joyce Rupp

4. The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive (2018)

 Best Compassion Books Worth Your AttentionAre you kinder to others than you are to yourself? More than a thousand research studies show the benefits of being a supportive friend to yourself, especially in times of need. This science-based workbook offers a step-by-step approach to breaking free of harsh self-judgments and impossible standards in order to cultivate emotional well-being. In a convenient large-size format, the book is based on the authors' groundbreaking eight-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program, which has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide. It is packed with guided meditations (with audio downloads); informal…
Author(s): Kristin Neff, Christopher Germer

5. Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion (2011)

 Best Compassion Books Worth Your AttentionFor twenty years, Gregory Boyle has run Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, the gang capital of the world. In Tattoos on the Heart, he distills his experience working in the ghetto into a breathtaking series of parables inspired by faith. Arranged by theme and filled with sparkling humor and glowing generosity, these essays offer a stirring look at how full our lives could be if we could find the joy in loving others and in being loved unconditionally. From giant, tattooed Cesar, shopping at JCPenney fresh out of…
Author(s): Gregory Boyle

6. Awakening Compassion at Work: The Quiet Power That Elevates People and Organizations (2017)

 Best Compassion Books Worth Your AttentionSuffering in the workplace can rob our colleagues and coworkers of humanity, dignity, and motivation and is an unrecognized and costly drain on organizational potential. Marshaling evidence from two decades of field research, scholars and consultants Monica Worline and Jane Dutton show that alleviating such suffering confers measurable competitive advantages in areas like innovation, collaboration, service quality, and talent attraction and retention. They outline four steps for meeting suffering with compassion and show how to build a capacity for compassion into the structures and practices of an…
Author(s): Monica C. Worline , Jane E. Dutton , et al.

7. Mindful Compassion: How the Science of Compassion Can Help You Understand Your Emotions, Live in the Present, and Connect Deeply with Others (2014)

 Best Compassion Books Worth Your AttentionAre you ready to transform your mind and emotions? To cultivate compassion, stability, self-confidence, and well-being? If so, get ready to change the way you experience your life with this highly-anticipated approach using mindfulness and compassion.Therapists have long been aware of mindfulness as a powerful attention skill that can help us live with greater clarity and awareness―but mindfulness alone is not enough to completely change the way a brain works. In order to fully thrive, we require motivation. Compassion, like anger or aggression, is an extremely powerful motivational force that can bring about real, lasting…
Author(s): Gilbert PhD, Paul, Choden

8. Disruptive Compassion: Becoming the Revolutionary You Were Born to Be (2019)

 Best Compassion Books Worth Your AttentionNo one ever said we’d save the world by playing it safe.As the daily newsfeed full of suffering and injustice scrolls by, it’s all too easy to question what one person can really do to enact the profound change the world needs. Like moviegoers, we often watch and witness with care, but assume the script has already been written.Disruptive Compassion dares to make a bold counter: you possess the power to provoke real and meaningful change. Why? Because God has empowered you to rewrite the story of tomorrow. Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus created a model for revolutionaries that has been…
Author(s): Hal Donaldson , Shauna Niequist, et al.

9. Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges (2019)

 Best Compassion Books Worth Your AttentionIn Beyond Behaviors, internationally known pediatric psychologist, Dr. Mona Delahooke describes behaviors as the tip of the iceberg, important signals that we should address by seeking to understand a child’s individual differences in the context of relational safety.Featuring impactful worksheets and charts, this accessible book offers professionals, educators and parents tools and techniques to reduce behavioral challenges and promote psychological resilience and satisfying, secure relationships. – Conduct Disorder – Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) – Disruptive Mood…
Author(s): Mona Delahooke

10. The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions (2009)

 Best Compassion Books Worth Your Attention“Buck up.” “Stop feeling sorry for yourself.” “Don’t ruin everything.” When you are anxious, sad, angry, or lonely, do you hear this self-critical voice? What would happen if, instead of fighting difficult emotions, we accepted them? Over his decades of experience as a therapist and mindfulness meditation practitioner, Dr. Christopher Germer has learned a paradoxical lesson: We all want to avoid pain, but letting it in–and responding compassionately to our own imperfections, without judgment or self-blame–are essential steps on the path to healing. This wise and…
Author(s): Christopher K. Germer, Sharon Salzberg

11. How to Be Nice to Yourself: The Everyday Guide to Self Compassion: Effective Strategies to Increase Self-Love and Acceptance (2019)

 Best Compassion Books Worth Your AttentionPractice deep self compassion with a wide range of strategies.Today’s the day to start loving yourself. How to Be Nice to Yourself makes it simple to start practicing self compassion with a wide variety of techniques and strategies that anyone can learn.Filled with easy-to-use advice drawn from a variety of sources―including meditation, mindfulness, and acceptance and commitment therapy―this book will help you find the right way to start feeling good about yourself.How to Be Nice to Yourself: The Everyday Guide to Self Compassion includes: Start loving yourself with the…
Author(s): Silberstein-Tirch PsyD, Laura

12. The Compassion Fatigue Workbook (Psychosocial Stress Series) (2011)

 Best Compassion Books Worth Your AttentionThe Compassion Fatigue Workbook is a lifeline for any helping professional facing the physical and emotional exhaustion that can shadow work in the helping professions. Since 2001 the activities in this Workbook have helped thousands of helpers in the fields of healthcare, community mental health, correctional services, education, and the military. In addition to a comprehensive description of compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization, The Compassion Fatigue Workbook leads the reader through experiential activities designed to target specific areas in their…
Author(s): Françoise Mathieu

13. The Compassion Code: How To Say the Right Thing When the Wrong Thing Happens (2017)

 Best Compassion Books Worth Your AttentionWhat if you knew that compassion was the antidote to healing our hurt, hate-filled world? Would you know how to use it in every circumstance, with family, friends, and strangers alike? Would you be open to doing so, even when it involved acts that may seem unforgivable? Would you be willing to be gentle and sympathetic with yourself? If you’re like many people, your heart desires to be compassionate, yet your head may simply not possess the blueprint for saying those right words at the right time, or for seeing things from a compassionate perspective rather than a…
Author(s): Laura S. Jack

14. Compassion and Self Hate: An Alternative to Despair (1998)

 Best Compassion Books Worth Your AttentionFree yourself from destructive behavior and learn how to break your patterns of self-hate and achieve personal fulfillment with this sympathetic and practical guide from the author of The Angry Book.Many of us know that self-destructive patterns are rooted in self-dislike, but few of us understand how to break them. In this wise and compassionate book, bestselling author and eminent psychiatrist Theodore Rubin shows us realistic ways to break these negative mental and emotional attitudes and build a strong sense of well-being and self-understanding. Dr. Rubin looks of how…
Author(s): Theodore I. Rubin

Best Compassion Books Worth Your Attention

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some compassion books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Spiritual Power of Empathy: Develop Your Intuitive Gifts for Compassionate Connection

Author(s): Cyndi Dale
ID: 2297910, Publisher: Llewellyn Publications, Year: 8 Oct 2014, Size: 3 Mb, Format: epub

Mindful Tarot: Bring a Peace-Filled, Compassionate Practice to the 78 Cards

Author(s): Lisa Freinkel Tishman
ID: 2376011, Publisher: Llewellyn Publications, Year: 8 Jun 2019, Size: 58 Mb, Format: epub

Start Where You Are: A Guide To Compassionate Living

Author(s): Pema Chodron
ID: 2689490, Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Year: 26.10.2014, Size: 408 Kb, Format: fb2

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really best-sellers according to The New York Times, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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